Mustangs have two Friday place winners

March 3, 2017, in Athletics, Swimming

Suzanna Gonzalez

Suzanna Gonzalez placed fifth in the women’s 200-yard freestyle on Friday at the NAIA Swimming & Diving National Championships in Columbus, Ga.

Gonzalez, a junior from Trabuco Canyon, Calif., swam a school record time of 1:54.08 to finish fifth in the final and break her former Morningside record of 1:54.72 that she set earlier in the day in the prelims.

Gonzalez was the national runner-up in Thursday’s 500-yard freestyle to become Morningside’s first-ever NAIA All-American in swimming & diving. Abigail Richey of Savannah College of Art & Design, who defeated Gonzalez for the NAIA 500-yard freestyle crown, won Friday’s 200-yard freestyle final with a time of 1:52.21.

Jake Kohorst

Jake Kohorst, a freshman from Elk River, Minn., placed 16th in the men’s 100-yard backstroke after he swam a time of 53.26 in Friday’s final. Kohorst had advanced to the finals with a school-record time of 52.25 seconds in the prelims. Kohorst carved over a second off his former Morningside record of 53.60 seconds he set earlier this season.

The Mustangs had several competitors not advance past Friday’s prelims.

Billy Salber, a freshman from Omaha, Neb., finished 22nd in the men’s 100-yard butterfly prelims with a time of 52.25 seconds and Timothy Cohoon, a sophomore from Buffalo, Wyo., finished 37th with a time of 53.97.

Evelyn Edge, a senior from Genoa City, Wis., finished 20th in the women’s 200-yard freestyle prelims with a time of 1:58.29 and Tracy Gates, a senior from Escondido, Calif., finished 35th with a time of 2:04.09.

Jessyca Huff, a freshman from Castle Rock, Colo., finished 27th in the women’s 100-yard breaststroke prelims with a time of 1:13.84.

Veronica Mullen, a sophomore from Omaha, Neb., finished 28th in the women’s 100-yard backstroke prelims with a time of 1:02.01.

Tyler Halligan, a senior from North Platte, Neb., finished 26th in the men’s 100-yard backstroke prelims with a time of 55.30 seconds and Lucas Farrington, a sophomore from Rockwell City, Iowa, finished 30th with a time of 56.26.

 Morningside finished 17th in the women’s 200-yard medley relay prelims with a time of 1:55.68 from Mullen, Huff, Gonzalez and Edge.

The Mustangs finished 17th in the men’s 200-yard medley relay prelims with a time of 1:39.34 from Halligan, George Weiss, a sophomore from Council Bluffs, Iowa; Salber and Evan Persson, a senior from Blair, Neb.